Safeguarding and Child Protection
All children have the right to grow up safe from harm.
No child should suffer harm, either at home or at school. Everyone who works at Burnham Grammar School has a responsibility to make sure that all our young people are safe.
If you are concerned about the safety or wellbeing of one of our school community, then contact one of our Safeguarding Team via our designated safeguarding email address: -
Safeguarding Concerns During School Holidays
During school holidays:
- students should report any Safeguarding concerns they have to either their parents/carers or to the Police, including any concerns involving their peers.
- students unable to speak to a parent/guardian should consider contacting Childline on 0800 1111.
- parents/carers should report any Safeguarding concerns they have to the Police, including any concerns involving other students at the same school.
BGS is unable to deal or investigate any concerns raised during school closure periods, due to staff being on holiday and students not being in school.
As with other schools in Bucks and nationally BGS operates an on-call safeguarding cover in the holidays to enable other agencies to contact the school in case of emergencies. The above measures are designed to ensure that students in need are supported as quickly as possible and in the most appropriate way.
- Police: 101 / 999 (emergencies)
- Buckinghamshire First Response (Social Care): 01296 383962 or 0800 999 7677 (out of school hours)
- Slough Front Door (Social Care): 01753 875362
- Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Social Care: 01628 683150
- London Borough of Hillingdon Social Care: 01895 556644
You can read the Burnham Grammar School Child Protection Policy below :
BGS Safeguarding Team:
They wear PURPLE lanyards to be easily identified.
The school Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mr Lennon.
Deputy DSLs are: - Miss White, Mr Burrows, Miss Kazi, Dr Cole, Ms Griffiths, Mr Conroy, Mrs Gerring, Mrs Krasner, Miss Pye, Dr Gillespie, Mr Cathcart, Miss Stoneham, Mrs Hudson & Mrs Watkins.
The safeguarding governor is Mr A. Frith.
The safeguarding team at the school work closely with outside agencies and will refer concerns to them where appropriate. However, if you are concerned about the immediate welfare of a child it is always appropriate to make a report yourself:
If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm or violence, including Female Genital Mutilation, contact the police on 101 or 999
If you are concerned about a child’s home situation, then contact the safeguarding team at the relevant local authorities via the following links:
- Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership link here
- Slough Safeguarding Children link here
- Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Safeguarding Board link here
- Hillingdon Safeguarding Partnership link here
We remind our students that they can speak to a trusted family member, healthcare professional or appropriate helpline for advice or support when school is closed.
Useful Links and Guidance for Students/Parents/Carers:
Listed below are website links which may be of interest to you/your child. Please note that Burnham Grammar School cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites.
Bucks Family Information Service - offers free, impartial information to families with children aged 0 to 19 years (or up to 25 years with a special educational need or disability), young people and professionals. They provide information on a range of topics relating to family life, from childcare, local services and education, to health, money and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Slough Family Information Service - offers free, impartial information to families with children aged 0 to 19 years (or up to 25 years with a special educational need or disability), young people and professionals
www.cruse.org.uk – Information for bereaved people
www.daisysdream.org.uk - Daisy’s Dream is a charity which supports children and their families who have been affected by the life-threatening illness or bereavement of someone close to them
Prevent - is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of Contest (Counter Terrorism strategy), the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist
Channel provides support across the country to those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The overall aim of the programme is early intervention and diverting people away from the risk they may face. Channel uses existing collaboration between partners to support individuals and protect them from being drawn into terrorism.
Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity
https://stop-cse.org/ssss/ - Spotting the signs of exploitation
https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ - Child Exploitation and Online protection
Support for parents: -
Child Exploitation can affect any child in Buckinghamshire and impact their whole family. It is important that parents/carers are supported to access advice and guidance at the earliest opportunity, and outside of referrals or agency involvement. The Hub have therefore updated the Child Exploitation pages on the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service to share information in relation to what Child Exploitation is, what signs/symptoms to look out for, how to talk to your child about this and where to access ongoing support. Through these pages, any parent/carer in Buckinghamshire can contact the Missing & Exploitation Hub for an anonymous consultation which will provide specific advice and guidance around the exploitation concerns for their child. Click here to access the page
County lines is a major, cross-cutting issue involving drugs, violence, gangs, safeguarding, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery, and missing persons; and the response to tackle it involves the police, the National Crime Agency, a wide range of Government departments, local government agencies and VCS (voluntary and community sector) organisations
Refuge - offers advice to all about domestic violence
Safe Lives - offers advice about domestic violence
Womens Aid – supporting women against domestic violence
Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Service Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes - Support, information, advice and guidance to anyone affected by sexual assault and abuse, including non-recent and childhood sexual abuse. This includes support for men/boys and LGBTQI+ community
Hestia – Life beyond crisis, we deliver services across London and the surrounding regions, as well as campaign and advocate nationally on the issues that affect the people we work with. This includes victims of modern slavery, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, young care leavers and older people.
SAFE! Project - A charity that BGS work with - they have delivered assemblies to all year groups. SAFE! provides support to children and families around the Thames Valley who have been affected by crime or abuse through one-to-one and group sessions. Follow this link for resources created by SAFE! These stories were created to highlight some of the issues being faced by teenagers both on and offline and can help with starting conversations on the challenging topics.
www.eatingdisorderssupport.co.uk – Local self-help group
www.b-eat.co.uk – Eating disorder charity and information service
Female genital mutilation (FGM)
FGM is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It's also known as female circumcision or cutting.
Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It's dangerous and a criminal offence.
There are no medical reasons to carry out FGM. It doesn't enhance fertility and it doesn't make childbirth safer. It is used to control female sexuality and can cause severe and long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.
For more information on FGM, click on the links below.
If you’re concerned that a child has been the victim of, or is at risk of FGM, don’t delay – Contact the Police on 999
Protecting yourself from crime - Thames Valley Police
For support around stalking / harassment click here
Newsletter from Thames Valley Police, which relates to Burnham and the local area click here
www.youthgambling.com – Support with gambling addiction and other high risk behaviours
www.gamcare.org.uk – Support with gambling addiction
Gender identity is a way to describe how someone feels about their gender. For example, some people may identify as a boy or a girl, while others may find neither of these terms feel right for them, and identify as neither or somewhere in the middle. Although people often confuse them, gender identity is different from someone’s biological sex or assigned gender at birth and from sexuality or who someone’s attracted to.
Advice to help you understand what gender identity is and how to support a child can be found using these websites
Information about student name change at BGS can be found here
Privacy settings - advice from Barnardo’s on how to stay safe online
Internet Matters - information, advice and support for parents
A Guide to Parental Controls Booklet - helping parents set up parental controls on online devices
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – CEOP website for children and parents
www.getnetwise.org – How to be wise on the net
www.saferinternet.org.uk – Online safety site for teachers, parents and children
What parents need to know about socail media / App platforms: -
- Snapchat Checklist
- Social Media Online Safety Tips
- The App Store
- Live Streaming
- Hidden Photo Apps
- Remote Learning
- Online Grooming
To order your Vodafone Digital Magazine click here
E-safety – Important information to BGS Parents link here
www.bbc.co.uk/parenting – Information for parents
www.familylives.org.uk – A national charity that works for, and with, parents
www.parentinfo.org – Parent Info is a free website and newsfeed for parents and carers
www.selfharm.co.uk – Helping young people with self-harm
www.harmless.org.uk – Supporting young people with self-harm
www.tht.org.uk – Terrence Higgins Trust – sexual health
www.fpa.org.uk – UK’s leading sexual health charity
Sharing of nude images online
This is an increasingly common activity among children and young people, where they share inappropriate or explicit images online or through mobile phones. It can also refer to written messages.
As a parent, it is important to understand the risks so that you can talk to your child about how to stay safe and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable.
Follow the link below for advice and support on how you can reduce the risks associated with sharing of nude and semi-nude images online.
- Sexting Info Booklet
- Internet Watch Foundation BBC Article – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57562152
- Click here to support with the reporting and removing of Nude images online
Smoking, drugs and alcohol
www.wearewithyou.org.uk – Young Addaction Buckinghamshire – substance misuse for young people
www.cranstoun.org/service/switch-bucks/ – Switch Bucks is an alcohol and drug service for young people in Buckinghamshire
www.drinkaware.co.uk – Developing a healthy approach to alcohol
www.alcoholeducationtrust.org – Helping young people develop a healthy relationship with alcohol
www.nhs.uk/smokefree.com - NHS guidance on smoking and how to quit
www.talktofrank.com – Information about drugs for parents and children
www.wearetheloop.co.uk – The Loop that aims to promote health and minimise harms in nightclubs, bars and festivals
For information about how children can access drugs online click here
Click here to understand how the use of canine detection service supports BGS
www.techaddiction.ca – Information and support on the issue of excessive video game and internet use
Trafficking and modern day slavery
www.youngcarersbucks.org – Support for young carers living in Buckinghamshire
www.sloughyoungcarers.org – Support for young carers living in Slough